New Brighton and Hove Albion boss Graham Potter brings the right credentials for success – Ian Hine – Brighton & Hove Independent

New Brighton and Hove Albion boss Graham Potter brings the right credentials for success - Ian Hine - Brighton & Hove Independent

Graham Potter confirmed as new Brighton manager after leaving Swansea

Potter, 44, leaves Championship side Swansea and replaces Chris Hughton, who was sacked last week after the Seagulls finished 17th in the Premier League.

Potter joined the Welsh side from Swedish side Ostersunds FK in June 2018 and guided them to a 10th-place finish.

“This club has been on an incredible journey and my aim along with Bjorn, Kyle and Billy, is to ensure the great work that has gone before us is built on, as we strive to cement our place in the Premier League for many years to come.”

“We are delighted to have secured the services of one of the brightest young English coaches. Graham Potter has an excellent record of developing teams with an attractive playing style, fierce determination and a strong collective spirit.

“We are excited about our third successive season in the Premier League and we now wish to build on the solid foundations laid by Chris Hughton.”

“The ideas and plans they have for the future of this football club excited me; I am thrilled and honoured to be a part of it.

Swansea assistant manager Billy Reid, coach Bjorn Hamberg and head of recruitment Kyle Macaulay will join Potter at the Amex Stadium.

A former full-back in the Football League with Stoke, West Brom and York, Potter took his first managerial job at Ostersund in 2010, leading the club from the fourth tier of Swedish football to the first, winning the 2017 Swedish Cup and reaching the knockout stages of the Europa League.

We then spoke to Graham in length over the request. These discussions included the offer of a new, improved contract and certain assurances regarding future squad strengthening. These assurances would have had to sit within our current financial budget, but we were confident that by working together we could build on the excellent progress the team made last season.

Hughton, who took over at Brighton in December 2014, led them to the Premier League in 2017 and they finished 15th in their first season back in the top flight.

After Tony Bloom, Paul Barber, Graham Potter and Dan Ashworth announced his arrival at a press conference, Potter paid tribute to Swansea before turning to his new side and reflecting on how he would bring a more positive approach on the pitch.

But the club finished just two points clear of the relegation zone this season, winning only three of their final 23 league games and none of their final nine.

It goes without saying that we are very disappointed to lose Graham and members of his backroom staff, but we would like to thank him for the excellent work he did during our first season of transition and we wish him well at Brighton.

“I was sold by the long-term vision and passion shown by [chief executive] Tony Bloom, Paul Barber and [technical director] Dan Ashworth,” said Potter.

But rather than continue rebuilding Swansea, Potter requested to leave on Friday and on his 44th birthday has been tasked with ensuring the Seagulls can maintain their top flight status into a fourth straight season.

“The ideas and plans they have for the future of this football club excited me; I am thrilled and honoured to be a part of it.

Swansea may look to speak to Sunderland boss Jack Ross as they hunt a replacement for the outgoing Graham Potter, according to the print edition of The Mirror (May 20, page 50).

“This club has been on an incredible journey and my aim, along with Bjorn, Kyle and Billy, is to ensure the great work that has gone before us is built on, as we strive to cement our place in the Premier League for many years to come.

Potter, who turned 44 on Monday, added: “I have had worse birthday presents, that is for sure. It is a fantastic opportunity, I am very excited and proud and I am aware of the responsibility I have.”

Potter was given permission to talk to Brighton after telling Swansea late on Friday that he wanted to leave.

The continuing financial uncertainty at the Championship club is thought to have been one of the key factors behind his decision.

Since his arrival at the Stadium of Light last summer, Ross has already been linked with the West Brom managers job and the Scotland national team, despite insisting he remains fully focused on Sunderland.

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“We received a request from Brighton last week to speak to Graham over the vacant managerial position at the club,” said Swansea chairman Trevor Birch.

The Mirror have claimed the Swans will speak to QPR assistant John Eustace about the managers role at the Liberty Stadium, while Ross and Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel are among the potential candidates.

“We had absolutely no desire to lose the services of Graham after the excellent work he had done over the course of his debut season. We therefore declined Brightons initial request to speak to him.

“For however long I’m here, that’s what I’ll be focused on, and my commitment to the job I’ve got to do here hasn’t changed.

“We then spoke to Graham in length over the request. These discussions included the offer of a new, improved contract and certain assurances regarding future squad strengthening.

“These assurances would have had to sit within our current financial budget, but we were confident that by working together we could build on the excellent progress the team made last season.

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“Unfortunately, following those amicable discussions, Graham expressed a desire to challenge himself in the Premier League and we reluctantly allowed him to speak to Brighton after agreeing a compensation package.”

Swansea had offered Potter a new contract in an attempt to ward off interest from the Seagulls, who finished in 17th in the top flight, only two points above relegated Cardiff. However, after the Championship side initially rejected Brightons approach, the former Östersund manager was unveiled on Monday afternoon.

Read more The Brighton chairman, Tony Bloom, had wanted to appoint a new manager as quickly as possible to aid pre-season planning ahead of the 2019-20 campaign. Potter, who turned 44 on Monday, had two years left on his current deal at the Liberty Stadium.

Appointed last summer, Potter guided the Swans to a 10th-place finish in the Championship last season. Potter was credited with playing an attractive brand of football, even though financial constraints at the Welsh club led to the loss of 16 first-team squad members.

Brighton will be hoping Potter, who won three promotions with Östersund and steered them into the Europa League, can help to move the south-coast club forward.

Under Hughton, the Seagulls managed just two wins from their 18 league matches after the turn of the year. Following Potter to the south coast as part of his backroom staff are Billy Reid, Bjorn Hamberg and Kyle Macaulay.

I was sold by the long-term vision and passion shown by Tony Bloom, Paul Barber and Dan Ashworth. The ideas and plans they have for the future of this football club excited me; I am thrilled and honoured to be a part of it, Potter said.

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This club has been on an incredible journey and my aim along with [my team], is to ensure the great work that has gone before us is built on, as we strive to cement our place in the Premier League for many years to come.

Potter indicated he would aim to bring his own style to a side which was often perceived as being somewhat negative during the closing matches of Hughtons tenure.

I have always tried to play football in a positive way, but we have to look at the strengths of the players, the new Brighton boss said. In any team you have to be defensively organised, but we will look to bring a combination of both.

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Bloom said: We are delighted to have secured the services of one of the brightest young English coaches. Graham Potter has an excellent record of developing teams with an attractive playing style, fierce determination and a strong collective spirit.

We are excited about our third successive season in the Premier League and we now wish to build on the solid foundations laid by Chris Hughton. We believe that Graham is an excellent fit for our club and we are very much look forward to working with him.

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